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Land bought in Falls for cops’ HQ

Regional Council and the Niagara Regional Police Services Board have approved an agreement to purchase a property in Niagara Falls for a new police headquarters and operations centre.  

The property, owned by Belmer Investments Limited, Benison Investments Limited, and Henler Investments Limited, is located at Highway 420, Portage Road and Valley Way.

“The approval to proceed with the purchase of this property is great news for our police service, for Niagara Region, and for the residents of Niagara,” said Peter Partington, Regional Chairman.  “Acquiring this property is a vital step to developing a new, centralized facility for police.”

“The Board is pleased that we have been able to work successfully with Regional Council to finalize the location of the site,” says Doug Martin, Police Services Board Chair.

“Our new headquarters building will not only provide our residents, but our members, with a modern state of the art facility that will enable us to deliver the best possible policing services for many years to come.”

Chief Southall stated, “I am pleased that this decision regarding our long term facilities plan with the Region has been reached.  The Service looks forward to the realization of an efficient and contemporary facility that will provide our community with continued excellence in policing.”

Terms of purchase, which are confidential until the sale of property closes, enables the new facility to be constructed within the limit of $83 million as established by Regional Council earlier this year.

The agreement to purchase was reached after extensive analysis of several potential properties in the region undertaken by a joint committee of staff from Niagara Region and the Niagara Regional Police Service. Regional Council established the committee
to oversee the acquisition of property and implementation of the Police Services accommodation master plan.

The selected property meets several requirements, including compatibility with the proposed buildings, access to major highways and public visibility, and meets both the operational needs of the police and applicable land use planning principles.

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